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Old May 10, 2012, 8:38 PM   #1
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Here's the set up I used for the "Half Dozen Ways..." set. On the left is a lightstand with speedlite inside of a 16" softbox. The speedlite is a cheapo Yongnuo 460 set to 1/2 power and has a 1/4 CTO gel to add a HINT of warmth. Yeah, I know you can to that in PP, but that's one less step I have to remember. Camera on a tripod with remote shutter release. The speedlite is tripped using a Cactus V2 setup. The black velvet is angled slightly toward the ceiling as sometimes it will reflect little glints of blue or white. BTW, if you're going to use velvet, get a tape lint remover and clean it before you shoot! Any dust shows up like a freakin' spotlight!



A little closer. Another one of my signature things is to spritz the flower LIGHTLY. It's amazing how it shows up in the final shot. Underneath my subject, I've placed a piece of automotive sun reflector. When the speedlite fires, the reflector catches JUST ENOUGH light and shoots it back up to create a slight backlit effect. I have a window to my right rear that provides some GREAT ambient light. However, sometimes it's too much so I'll put a white nylon shower curtain liner over it. Much of the time I don't even need the softbox when I do that. For 90% of my PP, I use Digikam or Aftershot Pro. If I have to do some serious cloning or the like, I use Gimp.

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Thanks a lot, Gary. That's very helpful - I hadn't thought of using a softbox.

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Thanks a lot, Gary. That's very helpful - I hadn't thought of using a softbox.

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You're welcome, Ted. Neither had I until I shot through an umbrella. The light was blasted all over the room, too! I put some black felt over the back and it helped a lot but I didn't have a lot of control over it. This softbox was relative inexpensive ($35) and it's perfect.
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Quite a set-up there Gary. Interesting and informative explanation and the photos show us the extensive set-up that you use for your shots. Looks like a pro.
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Quite a set-up there Gary. Interesting and informative explanation and the photos show us the extensive set-up that you use for your shots. Looks like a pro.
Far from extensive and professional, Steve. Just some stuff I had laying around and came together. Honest! You know me... Mr. Cheap.
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.....that is a nice setup and your images show how well it all works.

Thanks for sharing, I am always interested to know and see what kinds of hardware is being used, lighting is something I've never done much with.
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.....that is a nice setup and your images show how well it all works.

Thanks for sharing, I am always interested to know and see what kinds of hardware is being used, lighting is something I've never done much with.
Thanks, Bob. I wasn't either until about a year ago. And, to be honest, I can't quite remember what triggered it (no pun intended). I think it was something I read by Peterson, Kelby, or McNally.
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Thank you for showing your setup Gary!
I had wondered myself already a few times how did make those pictures with black background. What is that thing in the Flash shoe?
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Thank you for showing your setup Gary!
I had wondered myself already a few times how did make those pictures with black background. What is that thing in the Flash shoe?
That is the transmitter for the remote flash unit, Lordje.
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